Shane Black Says His 'Predator' Is a Sequel, Not a Reboot

Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:55 Written by  iamrogue
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Shane Black Says His 'Predator' Is a Sequel, Not a Reboot

Shane Black is a straight shooter.

So after the internet convulsed with the news that he would direct a Predator remake, Black wasted little time correcting one fact: He's not directing a Predator reboot.

He's directing a Predator sequel.

This little misunderstanding is actually pretty understandable, since the term reboot gets tossed around so much these days.  Also since so many movies are hard to pin down one way or another (the latest X-Men, for example, is a prequel and a sequel that also hits the continuity reset button, reboot-style).  So when initial reports had 20th Century Fox rebooting Predator, turns out that it's a reboot only in that it revives a franchise.

Narratively, Black tells Collider his Predator is instead an “inventive sequel.” 

Having helmed Iron Man Three, the Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director is now developing several big-time projects including Doc Savage and seventies-noir The Nice Guys.  He's now also attached to this new Predator, for which he'll write a treatment, which his old college chum and Monster Squad co-writer/director Fred Dekker will write as a screenplay for Black to direct.

But the story they've cooked up isn't a remake, or at least not “as far as Fred and I are concerned anyway." Apparently the Lethal Weapon writer isn't a fan of remakes, but says he can “really get behind inventive sequels.”

“Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black asks, saying that he's enthusiastic about “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”

That existing Predator mythology presumably refers to the idea of a highly advanced reptilian alien culture built on a heroic conception of hunting dangerous, wily prey as the ultimate sport.

All the Predator movie have riffed on that basic concept in minor ways.  Predator 2 put a Predator in Los Angeles and added a few more Predators at the very end.  Alien vs. Predator made its Predators teenagers on their first real hunt against, you guessed it, xenomorphs.  Alien vs. Predator: Requiem briefly showed the Predator homeworld and followed an idiot "Predalien" hybrid species. Predators, Fox's 2010 attempt to rejuvenate the series under producer Robert Rodriguez, put humans on an alien world, basically a Predator wildlife preserve, and sprinkled a little tribal Predator friction.

We're guessing Black and Dekker's Predator sequel won't specifically reference any entry outside the original, but won't specifically disavow them, either.

Now, for the highlight of Black's appearance as Hawkins in John McTiernan's action classic:

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